Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey

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J.D. Salinger, author of the classic Catcher in the Rye (1951), wrote the stories Franny and Zooey for publication in the New Yorker magazine in 1955 and 1957 respectively. Both stories were part of a series centred around a family of settlers in New York, the Glasses, particularly the children of Les and Bessie Glass, a Jewish-Irish theatrical act. All are brilliant former radio actors. Their eldest child, Seymour, a genius, commits suicide in his thirties. The repercussions to the family of this act provide the unifying theme to the stories. In Franny and Zooey the youngest member of the family, Franny, has a religious and nervous breakdown. She attempts to ward off the meaninglessness of college life by the obsessive repetition of a Jesus prayer. Her brother Zachary (Zooey) rests at nothing in his attempts to restore her sanity. J.D. Salinger wrote the Glass stories, 'It is a long-term project, patently an ambitious one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose, that sooner or later I'll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in ly own methods, locutions and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I'm very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I've been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill.'

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.67g
  • Cornerstone
  • William Heinemann Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0434670006
  • 9780434670000
  • 759,943

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About J. D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger was born in New York in 1919. His first story was published in 1940 and he wrote a further twenty short stories before he 'found his subject' with the short novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951). The book has enormous popular success, particularly with students. It was followed by a collection of short stories, For Esme, With Love and Squalor, which encapsulated many of the themes later to be found in Salinger's linked series of works about the Glass Family.

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